Creative Spaces and Writing Places #IWSG

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome Co-Hosts:  J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey!

Check out our IWSG homepage.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂

Special spaces and places elicit certain mind frames and energies. Special items in these spaces create mood and comfort. Back when I was a child, my places swayed with wind, smelled of fir and green leafier things. Bark tended to prickle along my back or my hands, sometimes sticky with sap. I lived for exploring the great outdoors and finding perfect forts and branch swings. I’d lie back for hours and day-dream, or at least what felt like hours because time is different for kids. But I let my mind wander and wonder of different worlds and people. I think I was 7-years old when I started to write myself into magical worlds.

Later a favorite place became a bathtub filled with old couch cushions. I had a lamp, a notebook and pens. I didn’t need much else.

View of my working writing space

Now my favorite place is the corner of my kitchen. Chaos doesn’t matter, has never mattered I guess. Being a mom, a younger sister, a college girl at one time with three roommates and working in a busy architect or illustration studio, I’ve learned to block out sounds. I’ve learned to disappear quietly in my mind no matter what is going on around me. Except for one thing: vibration, the tap of soft fingers on the countertop, or my chair. I’m not sure why.

This month’s IWSG question asks: “What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?”

  • An owl drawing my 8-year old daughter made me, props up against my monitor.
  • I have a special painted rock from my 10-year old son.
  • My top two favorite books lie against the tiled kitchen wall where right above it, hang several inspiration cards and postcards from my writer friend.
  • My green spiral portfolio notebook which contains my current work in progress; lastly,
  • My computer. I can’t live without it and it’s networked to all of my other Mac devices, my phone and my I-pad so I can take my work every where I go.

Do you have a favorite creative or special place? What was it like as a child? And now? Does vibration rattle you?

Happy IWSG Day.

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on December 5, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. Blessings and Happy Holidays!

  2. Certain smells can take you back to those places even if you can’t physically visit.
    I can’t work in chaos at all. People distract me. (However, playing music with the television on while writing doesn’t bother me at all.)

  3. Being a mom I can relate. I tune out a lot of noise. In fact, my kids have stopped calling me by “mom” because I never answer. 🙂 They call me by my first name.

  4. I’m weird about noise when I write. I need it to be quiet. My kids and husband are always interrupting me and I can’t concentrate.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I don’t believe vibration rattles me, but I haven’t really tested it out. I too am pretty good at blocking out sounds. Sometimes I even use music to set the mood. I came from a big family, did the whole college roommate thing, and even though my husband and I live a quiet life, most of my writing happens with my dog snoring in my lap.

  6. That’s sweet two of your items are creations by your kids.

    I was always outside and playing under the cherry tree or digging in the dirt. It fueled a lot of imagination.

  7. Oh how I love those quotes, beautiful! Vibrations do bother me as well. I was deep in my writing zone last night when a neighbor repeatedly tapped on my sliding glass door. It was awful.

  8. I love your writing space!
    Vibrations do rattle me. If I get into what I call “hyper-focus” and block out the world, sometimes it takes a vibration to get me to pay attention to reality and not whatever project I’m working with.
    BTW – still blogging at blogger these days: https://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com/2018/12/theiwsg-december-2018.html

  9. I love this post! Thank you for sharing!

  10. I guess the best place to write is when we close our eyes and the story starts. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  11. “I’ve learned to disappear quietly in my mind no matter what is going on around me.”
    I have perfected this too. I can be alone in a crowd. Is it a writer thing?

  12. My favorite place in the world when I was a kid was Peggy’s Cove. I’ve been back in adulthood, and I still love it, but it doesn’t seem quite so exciting as it did back then. 🙂

  13. I love that sound of that bathtub!! And your current writing space looks great.

  14. When I was a kid I use to crawl into my mom’s deep walk-in closet and sit on the pump pedal of an old-time sewing machine she had in the back with a flashlight and read or write while I rocked on the pedal.

    Happy IWSG Day.

  15. I like how this month’s question gives us an insight into each other’s workspaces. Fascinating! Same as you, I work from the kitchen table and it doesn’t bother me. It’s the hub of the house and the only way I can keep tabs on everyone! 🙂

  16. You reminded me of my grandparents’ place back when I was growing up. I’d roam around the potato fields, race along the ditch, climb up the tree to the little platform we’d secured up there, or investigate the rusty old stove used for cooking mud pies. Heaven for a kid. 🙂

  17. Items like an owl painting by your daughter are essential to have. I still have my son’s early art up so I can see it and remember. Hope you have a wonderful holiday, Erika.

  18. It’s odd how only certain, little things can be distracting. I can handle everything but music. I loved reading the first part of this! I could smell the trees and feel the bark 🙂

  19. Beautiful quote about creativity. Like the birds’ wings, creativity takes us other places, otherwise unreachable.

  20. Entranced by the description of the pillow-filled bathtub!

  21. Yes. Special places elicit creativity! I think that I have to have a mindset that where ever I go will have to work for me since I have no office. The office desk is kid territory (for gamer boy) so my laptop and I are in a bubble of our very own where every place works just fine. 🙂

  22. Victoria Marie Lees

    You have a beautiful writing space, Erika. I wish my monitor screen was that big. Bravo! And I love that you have your children’s artwork in your space. I have my five kids’ art all over my house. Enjoy your holiday, my dear!
    http://victoriamarielees.blogspot.com

  23. Sadly, I have a hard time writing unless I have silence, so I can’t thrive in the environments you described. I’d love to write to music or hang out in busy coffee shops, typing away, but I just can’t. I have no idea how I managed to write journalism articles in a newsroom–I must have gotten used to it.

    Love the owl drawing. Your space has lots of personality.

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